Shipping containers recycled as retail spaces at new Assembly Row center, in Boston area
New York — Boxman Studios, a leader in shipping container modification, have created a one-of-a-kind dining and retail venue from shipping containers to anchor Assembly Row, a new mixed-use development in Somerville, Massachusetts, which is just outside of Boston.
Four modified 20-ft. shipping containers make up SombBlox, an homage to Somerville’s historically industrial past. The four containers create three distinct spaces that are all ADA accessible and include electrical and lighting.
Two containers are designed for retail spaces with easy-to-open 8-ft. hinged storefront windows and steel doors to quickly adapt to weather conditions. Two containers have been outfitted with kitchen equipment and plumbing and will house retail and food prep areas for Somerville Brewing Company’s American Fresh Taproom, which will feature a 60-seat, open-air beer garden.
The unique container courtyard is scheduled to open Aug. 2.
“We wanted to highlight Somerville’s artistic community and its heritage, and Somblox will be the perfect blend of the two,” said Russ Joyner, VP and general manager, Federal Realty, which is developing Assembly Row. “Locals will feel right at home, entrepreneurs and growing businesses can test drive their concepts, and visitors will be introduced to a slice of local flavor.”
Sbarro enters Bolivia market
Columbus, Ohio – Sbarro is entering into Bolivia with a new store opening at the Ventura Mall in Santa Cruz. Sbarro Bolivia SRL plans to open a total of 10 eateries in Bolivia during the next decade.
The franchise agreement with Sbarro Bolivia SRL further expands Sbarro’s footprint in South America, which currently includes eateries in Brazil and Colombia, as well as locations launching soon in Peru.
Academy Sports to enter Louisville, Ky. market
Katy, Texas – Academy Sports + Outdoors announced a third planned Louisville-area store, in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, scheduled to open in 2015. Academy previously announced stores opening in Louisville and Middletown, which will both open prior to the 2014 holiday season.
All three locations were developed in partnership with GBT Realty Corporation. Academy Sports + Outdoors also announced new multi-year partnerships with both the University of Louisville Cardinals and also the University of Kentucky Wildcats.
"We are thrilled to form new partnerships with two of the most prestigious athletic partners in the state of Kentucky," said Tammi Hysell, Academy Sports + Outdoors’ senior director of promotions.
Academy operates 177 stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.